I was mulling over getting the Hot Blonde but I sat on the pot too long. Learn from my experience - Carpe Diem!! Cool hearing about folks’ experience with his amps and interactions with David.
It won't fit. The Encore is deeper and the amp chassis is deeper. Making a new baffle is simple. Just unscrew to 2x10 - measure the dimensions - find a competent cab builder to cut the hole and mount to screw thingys and stretch the grill cloth. A Gold should sound great and make it a little lighter too.I had an Old Flame I built from a kit years ago. It was fantastic. But I sold it to “downsize” in wattage to an Encore and add tremolo. So my main clean amp for over a decade has been the Encore. Mine is a 2x10” combo.
I’m looking to convert it to a 1x12”. I have a Celestion Gold that needs a home and I think it’s a nice compliment to the Encore’s tone. Not sure how hard or easy it is to change the baffle on a cab that’s already screwed and glued together. So I looked into a replacement cabinet. Unfortunately, David Allen is retiring and not taking orders. And the new owners haven’t really
Im fairly certain that the Encore chassis is the same width asa Fender Deluxe Reverb chassis: 22.5” wide. I see that replacement Deluxe Reverb cabs (e.g., Mojotone) are 16-7/8” tall. The Allen Encore chassis is 18” tall. Anybody ever try putting an Encore chassis in a Deluxe Reverb cabinet?